During my first winter on the east coast I discovered the damage that an extremely cold and dry climate can do to your skin. Yikes! I combat our chapped and itchy skin with all kinds of balms and salve, but my favorite remedy is an oat bath. It smells delicious, feels so soothing and is quite miraculous. We made bunches of oat sachets for giving this year. These oat floats make a great addition to a gift basket and a perfect stocking stuffer. I love that they're inexpensive, simple and fast to make... but most of all they make skin soft and happy! I took some pictures to show you how we do it, but it's a basic concept open for your own interpretation. Filling each sachet is a great job for a small helper. Be prepared for scattered oats, but a little mess makes everything a bit more fun, but you know that already. Not a sewer? I bet you could gather oats into the center of a circle of muslin and cinch with a string... make sure it's tied tightly!
- wool or cotton string
- organic oats (pulverized a bit in a blender or food processor)
- sewing machine
- pinking shears
- Take a long strip of muslin and fold it over lengthwise.
- Sew compartments all along the folded strip, keeping a channel between each one for snipping them apart. See photo below in window.
- Fill each compartment with a few tablespoons of oats
- Slice through each channel with pinking sheers to separate.
- Fold over top and pin with a loop of string.
- Sew top shut.
These should be added to a warm bath and can be used as creamy sponge during the soak. My kids love it and so do I! Compost when done. We're filling up "holiday buckets" with these, felted soap, and something yummy I'll share next time.
The soap was created without any instructions... just ready hands, a pot of warm water, my friend's handmade soap, and wool roving (mostly from Kate's sheep!). A bit wonky, but very fun.